Getting braces is almost a rite of passage, and most kids and teens can benefit from some type of orthodontic treatment. However, even though the treatment does wonders for their bite and smile, they still want to complete the process as quickly as possible and are eager to know when it will end.
We understand. Dr. Andrey Gaiduchik and our Gaiduchik Orthodontics team treat teens and adults throughout Carmichael, California, and just about everyone asks this same question: How long do I need to wear braces?
The answer isn’t easy because each treatment is highly individualized, and several variables affect the timeline. This guide explains the factors that influence your treatment time.
Gaiduchik Orthodontics offers several braces and braces alternatives, each with unique advantages and features that could impact your treatment timeline.
Traditional braces are the metal braces most people are familiar with. They’re durable and effective in treating many dental issues, but they are also the most visible type.
Treatment length: Traditional braces take an average of 25 months.
Clear braces work the same way as traditional braces but are made with clear or tooth-colored brackets, making them less noticeable.
Treatment length: Clear braces take an average of 24 months.
Clear aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning. They’re best suited for mild-to-moderate dental issues and for kids who are responsible enough to keep them in for at least 22 hours daily.
Treatment length: Clear aligners typically take 6-24 months.
Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip instead of elastics to help the archwire guide your teeth into place. They require fewer adjustments, potentially reducing overall treatment time.
Treatment length: Self-ligating braces take 4-24 months.
Your choice of orthodontic treatment type influences the duration, but remember that every child's situation is unique. The severity of dental issues and your child's age also significantly determine treatment length.
Your child’s orthodontic treatment can last between one to three years. However, this timeframe can vary significantly based on several factors:
Treatment often takes less time in younger patients because their jaws are still growing, and their teeth move more easily.
More complex problems generally require a longer treatment time.
Good oral hygiene can help keep your treatment on track, while poor hygiene can lead to complications that extend the treatment duration.
Having braces can be challenging for your child, especially in the beginning. Here are some ways to support them and ensure they don’t develop habits that could extend their treatment time.
Regular brushing and flossing are essential when wearing braces. Invest in special cleaning tools designed for braces if necessary.
Certain foods, like hard candies and popcorn, can damage braces. Encourage your child to eat softer foods and cut fruits and veggies into small pieces.
Your child may feel self-conscious about their braces. Remind them that many people go through this and are on their way to a beautiful smile.
Visit Gaiduchik Orthodontics to learn more about our various treatments. Call or click to request an appointment.